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  • Summary: This is the debut LP for the New York-based indie-rock trio.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. The chemistry between the members of Rahim is quite apparent from the beginning to the end of the album.
  2. 80
    A few moments... break through the post-punk grind to show a little more breadth. [Apr 2006, p.90]
  3. What makes Rahim unique isn't their overall style; it's the tiny yet indispensable songwriting flourishes that lodge obdurately in the memory.
  4. If Jungles presented the formula, Ideal Lives gives us the answer.
  5. A likeable and exciting album.
  6. Once through, we realize Ideal Lives does not feel unified, which is exactly what makes it so interesting but also so difficult to fully embrace.
  7. The monotone delivery on Ideal Lives undercuts the urgency characteristic of Rahim's best performances. [Sep 2006, p.81]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. AaronD
    May 15, 2006
    9
    Most original band I've heard in a long time. Also they use negative space like a master painter or photographer would. Extremely Most original band I've heard in a long time. Also they use negative space like a master painter or photographer would. Extremely rythmic and tuneful all at once. Expand